There is no shortcut to becoming a champion. It takes years of practice and sacrifice in order to perfect the skills necessary to sit atop any field as the unarguable best of your profession. That is the story of racing legend and Lexus brand ambassador Scott Pruett, who after years of perfecting his craft, is considered North America’s greatest sports car driver. His rise to the top is visualized for “Crafting a Champion,” a series powered by Lexus.
Pruett, a native of Sacramento, California, began his quest to be the best as a go-kart racer at the age of 8. He earned the World Karting Championship in 1981 and was inducted into the World Karting Hall of Fame a decade later. Since then, he’s won several racing titles, including a record seven wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona (with back-to-back championship titles in 2007 and 2008), and three wins at the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am championship.
His connection to Lexus has also been the stuff of legend, driving the Lexus-powered prototypes from 2004-2007 in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Championship Series, earning three driver championships and winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2007. He was also an integral part of the development and global promotion of both the Lexus LFA supercar and the Lexus IS F performance saloon.
“I never worried, ‘Am I good enough? Am I going to make it?,’” says the now 58 year old about his career. “It was more putting all of my energy into that moment. Win, lose or draw, it was going to be at my hands, not someone else’s.”
“Crafting a Champion” allows us to see Pruett’s path to success, from the horrific crash that left the legend with several broken bones including a broken back, to his creation of the Pruett Vineyard, which he runs with his family in the Auburn, California wine country.
See the video above for Pruett’s testimony, and stay tuned for more amazing stories of what it takes to be a champion.